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at. >> and me as well. >> but everyone is saying it's going to be a two-person race. it's going to be romney or it's going to be perry. if it's those two? >> i like pizza. i hope herman cain. >> i'm sure herman cain would like to hear that. >> i'm not so sure it will be those two. we need to hear more of them. >> all right. don lemon will be broadcasting live tonight at 6:00 p.m. from tampa, florida. and the site of monday's republican debate and the site of the 2012 gop national convention. -- captions by vitac -- americans mark a somber anniversary. ceremonies are taking place across the country on this tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. the worst terror strikes ever on u.s. soil. in new york, events were
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centered at the new 9/11 memorial at ground zero. ♪ o say, can you see by the dawn's early light ♪ >> the names of the people who died in the world trade center attacks were read and moments of silence were held at the exact times the towers were hit and again when they fell. family members gathered at the memorial stone walls to touch the names of their loved ones. president barack obama and former president george w. bush helped lead the commemoration there. in arlington, virginia, u.s. troops placed wreaths at the memorial for 9/11 victims at the pentagon. the 184 people killed when the hijacked american airlines jetliner struck the building are all in that memorial. ♪ what once was lost, but now
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i'm find ♪ >> the military choir sang "amazing grace" as part of the events at the pentagon. vice president joe biden helped lead the ceremonies there earlier today. and in shanksville, pennsylvania, a memorial service for the victims who died when united airlines flight 93 plunged to the ground there. they're believed to have prevented the hijackers from flying the plane into the u.s. capitol in washington. president obama laid a wreath as the ceremony to honor the 40 victims on that flight. ♪ america america ♪ ♪ god shed his grace on thee ♪ >> one of the highlights at the memorial ceremony in shanksville, a children's choir sang "america the beautiful." we have reporters covering all angles of this day of remembrance. poppy harlow in new york, david
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mattingly in shanksville, pennsylvania. poppy? >> reporter: fredricka, it's just been an amazing day here from when all this began at 8:00 this morning. i want to share with you some sound that i think really paints the picture for people of what today was like. of course, more than 2,600 american lives lost right here behind me ten years ago today. there was a mix of sadness, a mix of hope. it was cathartic for some of the family members here today. thousands of them down here at what was ground zero and what is really now come to life with the memorial here behind me and the buildings being built. first i want you to take a listen to a young man named peter nagron. he lost his father when he was just a little boy. he spoke at the ceremony here in 2003 on the anniversary. then he speak again today about what it would have been like to have his father with him. apparently we don't have that sound for you. but i'll tell you what it was like. because it really brought me to
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tears. he said i would have wanted my father here to take me through my high school years, to teach me how to talk with a girl, to be there for 100 more moments that i would have liked to have. also what really stood out to me, fredricka, was vice president joe biden speaking in shanksville, pennsylvania. he told the story of a widow. a wife that talked about the loss of her husband. take a listen to what the vice president had to say earlier today. i parentally we don't have that sound from vice president biden. take a listen to peter nagron, the young man that i just told you about remembering his father. >> i wish my dad had been there to teach me how to drive, ask a girl out on a date, see me graduate from high school. and 100 other things i can't even begin to name. he worked in an environmental department and cared about the earth and our future.
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i know he wanted to make a difference. >> reporter: freed rhee ka, that was just one of the thousands of stories that we've heard down here today with the families. i want to let you know that after the ceremony which was hours long, all of the names were read off, the family members were all let in for the first time here behind me to the world trade center memorial. it is two beautiful picturesque pools. all around it, the names of all the victims on 9/11 are written, etched in. the family members for the first time got to go in and see their loved one's name written down there, fredricka. >> popty harlow, thank you so much. we're going to move south now from ground zero to pennsylvania. a very somber scene there as well. shanksville. that's where united flight 93 crashed in a remote field killing 40 passengers and crew members. that soceremony was held there this morning at a memorial built at the crash site. cnn's david mattingly is there joining us live. we know the president and first
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lady got a firsthand look at those pillars with the 40 names etched in that marble. what else has happened there today? >> reporter: fredricka, this is such a different site compared to new york and washington, d.c. it's very pastoral here. very peaceful. the design of this memorial is intended for people to come here and reflect on the sacrifice of the men and women onboard flight 93. and today the feelings that were expressed were very personal. these very personal senses of loss because of people who no longer have fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers. and what they were talking about today resonated with so many people that you don't have to be related to someone onboard that plane to be feeling that loss. we heard some very emotional words today from former pennsylvania governor tom ridge who surprised everyone by getting very emotional at the microphone while delivering some very powerful words. listen. >> ten years ago today, many of
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us stood upon a nearby field. we were angry. and we were heartbroken. and as the days and weeks and months unfolded, your story to us became known. and we wondered, would we, could we, had we been in your place, shown the same resolve? the same selflessness? the same astonishing valor? >> reporter: had we been in your place, what would i have done? that's the question that so many individuals have asked themselves as they board airplanes over the last decade, fredricka. you may have. i know i have as i've gotten on airplanes. i immediately began talking to people right after all this happened on 9/11. i talked to people just as they began flying again. they weren't thinking about the world trade center. but because they were getting on an airplane, they were relating
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to the people here and the sacrifice they made to make sure that plane did not reach its target. >> all right. david mattingly, thank you so much from shanksville. so when the president left shanksville, he also made his way to the pentagon where he also laid a wreath. cnn's jessica yellin joining us now live from the white house. jessica, the president covered all bases. he was at ground zero. he made his way to shanksville. then returning to washington by going to the pentagon. >> reporter: hi, fredricka. yes. if there was an emotional impact on the president today, you saw it in images rather than hearing it in words. the president has said very lit today, in fact. he started at ground zero where he was with former president bush and former first lady laura bush. it was the first time the two men have been together since relief efforts for haiti. the president got a look there at the ground zero memorial. and we're told by a press
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spokesperson that he was impressed with what he saw. we're told he felt that it meets the moment. he was touched by the serenity of the moment, the serenity of the setting and the families. there the president read part of psalm 42 which we're told he chose because it speaks to persevering through difficult challenges and emerging stronger. here's just a portion of the psalm he read. >> god is our refuge and strength. a very present help in trouble. therefore, we will not fear. even though the earth be removed, though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea. though its waters roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with its swelling, there's a river whose stream shall make glad the city of god.
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the holy place of the tabernacle of the most high. >> reporter: freed rhee ka, from there he went on to shanksville to visit the impact site of flight 93. he walked through the memorial and laid a wreath. a very solemn moment. there was also a change in energy there. he spent a great deal of time shaking hands with the crowd who had gathered. that crowd was a little different in nature from the crowd at ground zero. families there were chanting usa. shouting the president's name to some extent. he did spend a long time shaking hands there. and then his next stop at the pentagon, also just a few hours ago, he laid a wreath spending time speaking to families there. he is back here at the white house now for a brief stop. but his day which began before dusk is not over. he has still another event to go before the day is done, fredricka. >> jessica yellin at the white house, thanks so much.
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people all around the world remembered 9/11 in different ways. i'll show you how some of them marked the anniversary.
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television is in tampa getting ready for this debate monday night. cnn's don lemon, paul steinhauser and shannon travis all joining us live right now. good to see all of you in your beautiful baby blue. did you plan that? >> look at this, fred. can you believe it? >> that's pretty good. adds to the picturesque background. >> you all got the memo. >> it's sort of hot out here. >> yeah. we'll excuse you for losing the jackets. go ahead and loosen up the tie, don. i know you want to. let's talk about what we are likely to see. don, i know you have taken your newscast on the road this weekend. we saw you last night. you'll be there again tonight. why did you decide that this was one of those interesting pivotal or potentially pivotal debates in which to do so? >> besides the boss saying get on the road and get your butt down there. seriously, as you said, it is. it's pivotal and it's history. quite frankly, this is history. there's never been a republican tea party debate.
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and we wanted to sort of, you know, get the viewer ready for it tomorrow night. all the players, all of the people are here, are starting to come in. there are journalists from all over the country who are coming in. the head of the tea party express is here. i got a chance to talk with her a little bit earlier. the candidates are starting to come in. they start to come in the night before. they start to rehearse. we wanted to get here early, get a lay of the land, talk to the people who are members of the m tampa tea party and the ele electorate here in florida. >> these candidates are trying to satisfy republicans and tea party loyalists. it's not one monolist here. so the pressure is on, isn't it, for these candidates to really distinguish themselves and really try to appeal to both? because it is not one of the same, republicans and tea party loyalists, right? >> well, yes and no. what is interesting, the republican party is really fred to a degree moved to the right.
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a lot more conservative than it was in the last presidential campaign when john mccain was the nominee for the party. look at our most recent polls and you'll see that about half of those people who say they're registered republicans say they're active supporters or backers of the tea party movement. the movement has kind of in a way moved the party to the right. it's not that divergent anymore. >> the tea party express bus just arrived. >> i see. perfect timing. >> pretty cool. sorry about that. >> that's beautiful. >> the tea party has certainly gotten the attention of the candidates, of the american elect rat and washington as well. shannon, the tea party in and of itself is just not one movement. there are several tea party groups, there are several tea party movements. how are these candidates going to either appeal to one if not all of them, or how is anyone going to know there are distinguishing factors to these groups? >> that's an excellent question.
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one that not a lot of people realize. the tea party for as long as i've been covering them, they've wrapped themselves around a common set of ideals, fred. even within the movement there are basically cracks in the wall, if you will. different factions. sometimes they're actually warring. paul and i have been covering this movement for a while. there was one major tea party group that didn't want any increase in the debt ceiling. there was another one that was saying, yeah, you can increase it but not unless there's significant spending cuts. so there are different factions in the tea party movement. in terms of mollifying all of them, the candidates certainly will. but will they be able to is the question. they will definitely come out and espouse theirduced spendinga care, decrying obamacare. >> mollifying. that's a high s.a.t. word there. >> it was on the list. >> all right. i've been tweeting to people, asking people to send me their tweets about what they really want to hear and witness at the
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debate monday night. art vandalay says quite simply jobs, jobs, jobs, oh, yeah, jobs. art simmons says any form of togetherness. this is a free for all for any of you gentlemen. for whom is this a make or break, whether it be jobs or showing some sense of unity? >> listen. we know that a lot of people are saying it's a two-person race right now, mitt romney who was the former front-runner -- the front-runner, the former massachusetts governor and rick perry the texas governor. that may be. that may not be. for the other six candidates on the stage there's a lot at stake. for some of them their fund raising could depend on a strong break out performance. >> you never know. as you said, you never know. there's always a moment. there's always room for a moment. some candidates have moments. you've been doing this, at least the political part of it longer than i have. i've been sitting at home watching debates and watching campaigns.
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they have counted people out. all of a sudden there's a moment. there's a catch phrase. there's something they do that really strikes a chord with the viewer, the voter. >> or go the other way. our last debate in new hampshire when tim pawlenty had a great chance to go after mitt romney on health care. he didn't do it. that may have been one of the factors that knocked him out of the race. >> this is unchartered territory, fred. you can't say a traditional republican presidential race or typical democratic presidential race. this is the tea party has really had an influence and a different influence. so you don't know. this is a first. they're going to have to appeal as you have been saying, shannon has been saying and paul's been saying, they're going to have to appeal not only to the broader electorate, broader voter, but tea party voters as well. that's a delicate dance. >> to follow up on that, this is actually going to be a huge test for the tea party movement. this is not going to be a traditional election. they want to basically take a nuclear button and blow up the regular way of politicking, going to the early states and
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winning, you know, endorsements from old line republicans. they basically want grass roots conservatives to decide who the candidate is going to be. this is going to be a real test how much impact the tea party movement has on a general electorate, conservative primary. >> wolf blitzer, anchor of the situation, he'll be the moderator. he'll be asking questions. so will audience members here in florida and also at three locations across the country. >> all of you mentioned the -- >> he said it all. >> -- word tradition. what's that anymore? throw that word out of the lexicon. there's nothing traditional about any of this anymore. we'll see that unfold monday. don, paul, shannon, good to see all of you all in that very picturesque setting. >> we're going to start a boy band. check this out. >> i think you can do that. looks like you already have. gentlemen, thanks so much for your chorus, then, how about that? joining us live in about 20
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minutes from now, the chairwoman of the tea party express amy cramer. she'll be weighing on on the presidential candidates and tell us how much influence she thinks the tea party, indeed, holds inside the gop. be sure to tune in tomorrow night as cnn, the tea party express and other tea party groups co-host the republican candidates' debate. it's in tampa, florida, the site of the 2012 gop national convention. the debate, monday night, 8:00 eastern. don't miss it. no, it's just for new people. hey ! chocolate, vanilla or strawberry ? chocolate ! chocolate it is ! yeah, but i'm new, too. umm... he's new... er... than you. even kids know it's wrong to treat new friends better than old friends. at ally bank, we treat all our customers fairly, with no teaser rates and no minimum deposit to open. it's just the right thing to do. even though i'm a great driver, and he's...
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people all around the world marked the anniversary of 9/11 here on american soil in very different ways. our josh levs has been tracking all of that. it is not just something that has touched americans, but people all over. >> you have ceremonies going on all over the world today. in some cases it's americans taking part. noer cases people all over the world who felt touched by what happened and wanted to weigh in. i wanted to start off with sydney, australia, a group of firefighters climbed 80 flights of stairs to the top of the city's tallest building to hold a ceremony. take a look. >> just felt this is a way we could say thank you to them for giving their time. >> so many of them didn't go home that day. >> keep watching this. the firefighters held a moment of silence in sidney tower for the firefighters who died on 9/11. you're going to see here a young firefighter's heart ache. that was a story. there you go.
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from our affiliate 9 news. so many people feel exactly what he's feeling. let's jump over to paris. i want you to see this. this is when an organization today unveiled replicas of the twin towers about 80 feet tall. a crowd turned out in the wind and pouring rain to be there for that, remember 9/11 today. it is beautiful. meanwhile, over in spain, really interesting ceremony out of madrid today. they planted ten trees marking ten years since the anniversary. the father of the one spaniard who was killed in the attacks helped to lead that ceremony today. really striking ceremony out of london. this was outside the u.s. embassy at a memorial there. people who lost loved ones recited their names and then -- look at these pictures. they laid these long stem white roses. some of them have black and white photos of the loved ones who had died in the 9/11 attacks. a lot of dignitaries spoke there. prince charles was among them. >> although that dreadful act of
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violence was meant to divide us, it has actually drawn us together. one person to another, one community to another. >> and also the pope spoke today. pope benedict xvi gave some comments. here's what he said. he said i invite the leaders of nations and men of goodwill to reject violence always as a solution to problems. he said to resist the temptation to hate and to work within society based on the principles of solidarity, justice and peace. so, fred, that's just a sampling. but dozens of countries today had ceremonies all over the world. lots of people really wanted to turn out, wanted to be a part of this day, wanted to reflect as well as remember. >> people have been weighing in via social media as well. >> this is actually really fascinating. it's part of the 9/11 story for the world. very interesting. we can show everyone my page. people are weighing in today. i've been hearing from people all over the world. there i am. facebook and twitter. josh levs cnn. the blog is
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people are weighing in all over the world saying they want to feel part of this community today. some are ex-pats in other countries want to talk to other americans, and are reaching out online and having conversations. in some cases i've been hearing all day from people in dozens of other countries saying they really feel a lot. even some that have never been to the united states. they feel a great deal today. they want the world to know that. they're using these new tools. >> i've heard from a lot of people on twitter who've talked about the poignant moments of the day. those moments that really hang with them for a long time that kind of punctuate what happened. especially hearing from the children today talking about missing their parents. >> they're sharing. moments like that. they talk about what they're feeling. what's most poignant to them. they have this desire to share today. they're doing that every which way. >> josh levs, thanks so much. thanks for bringing all of that to us. you want to check your sunday paper today. many comics today are focusing on 9/11 and remembering the heroes who perished ten years ago. but in a very different way. here's a sample. you can see more on and we will be back in a moment. [ indistinct talking on radio ]
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attacks started early at ground zero with the president then and the president now. ♪ oh, say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave ♪ ♪ o'er the land of the free ♪ ♪ and the home of the brave? ♪ >> we will not fear. even though the earth be removed, though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea. the lord of hopes is with us. the god of jacob is our refuge. >> please join in observing our first moment of silence.
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[ bell tolling ] ♪ amazing grace how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me ♪ >> although words cannot ease the pain of these losses, paying tribute by recalling not just the horror of that day but the heroism as well, can hopefully give you some comfort and stiffen the resolve of this nation. [ bell tolling ] >> we are still the freest, most blessed nation in this treasured
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world. and we will long honor that role with the memory and guidance of 40 good shepherds. >> i pray that our heavenly father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost. >> gerard a. barbara. >> and my father, shawn edward bowman jr. >> firefighter gary richard box. >> christopher joseph blackwell. >> and my dad, michael batch. >> we will always love you. and as you always said, daddy, we got your back. god bless new york city, and god bless america. >> god bless every soul that we lost, god bless the family members who have to endure that
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just over 24 hours away from the first ever tea party debate, you'll see it right here on cnn tomorrow night, moderated by wolf blitzer, two hours, eight candidates in front of a live tea party friendly crowd in tampa, florida. cnn's jon johns takes a look at this now powerful political movement and the very uncommon players in its ranks. >> reporter: in the republican race for president, everybody wants a piece of the tea party these days. rick perry talks like a man who's already in the club. >> i have heard people say, you p tea party types, y'all are angry. we're not angry. we're ig dig nant. >> reporter: michele bachmann talks like an insider, too. >> the tea party has been the best antidote to the out of
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control spending we have seen. >> reporter: ron paul was tea partied before there was a tea party. >> why don't we just obey the constitution once again? that would solve so many of our problems. >> vote for mitt! >> reporter: while mitt romney sound more like a guy who's on the outside trying to get? >> i'm devoted to shrinking the size of government and encouraging the growth of the free economy, i think i'd get great support from the tea party. >> reporter: this will be the first presidential election to witness the effects of the tea party movement. and so far, the movement's biggest idea, that the government and its spending need to be scaled back now, have dominated the national political conversation. >> those are the issues that are not just animating the republican primary. i actually think they're defining the concerns of americans right in the middle of the political spectrum today. >> true. but it's mostly about the republican contenders right now, and everything knows it. though tea partyiers don't like all of what they see.
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mitt romney's state-run health care program when he was governor of massachusetts looks a bit too much like the president's health care plan for many. rick perry's moderate record on immigration is a potential drag on his tea party support. and many mainstream republicans question michele bachmann's potential to pull off a win in a general election. and speaking of questions, while the tea party movement has been great for republican energy, it has always produced candidates so unorthodox that voters eventually rejected them. think christine o'donnell in delaware. that's where they get labeled extreme. though they say what's extreme is the result if we don't get the government under control. senator mike lee was elected with strong tea party support. >> it's a reaction to extreme circumstances that exist within our federal government. again, $15 trillion debt, extreme. increasing debt, accelerating it at a rate of 1$1.5 trillion a year, that's extreme.
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>> the tea party movement took a hit in popularity anyway. movement organizers call it the cost of leadership though it could be an early sign of trouble with the presidential election still more than a year away. joe johns, cnn, washington. let's talk more about the tea party movement and its influence by way of this upcoming debate. live from tampa, florida, amy kremer, chairwoman of the tea party express. perhaps you rode in with that buss we saw a little bit earlier during a live shot, the tea party express. amy, let's talk about the tea party. in large part, is it, will it be rooting for michele bachmann come monday evening? >> well, you know, honestly, i don't think we're rooting for any one candidate. we're looking to see who is the strongest constitutional conservative and who has the ideas and solutions to turn this economy around and get us back on track. we want to know who can deal with the housing crisis, who can create jobs or, you know, get
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rid of the regulations so that small businesses and corporations can start creating jobs again. that's what we're interested in seeing. so we want to see the cream rise to the top. i think we'll start seeing that with this debate. >> so early on, the tea party movement has really distinguished itself as being very anti-obama. it seems as though it may have backed off the type of rhetoric we saw at the very beginning, just a tad. during this debate, will there be a lot less of that or will the tea party be trying to re-establish itself or distinguish itself in a different kind of manner? >> well, look. i mean, the whole reason we're having this debate is because we -- this is a very powerful movement that has changed the landscape, the political landscape of washington, d.c. and the spending started during the bush administration and continued through at an accelerated pace through the obama administration.
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but we want to focus on who has the ideas and solutions to get us out of this mess. we cannot continue down this road, you know, with the policies of president barack obama and the democrats. i mean, we just simply can't. we're in an economic crisis and we need to figure out who is the best suited to handle that. >> among the republican contenders, then, would that be in your view the texas governor, rick perry, who seems to have jumped out in front ahead of the pack, leading some of the more recent polls? >> yeah. i mean, this -- we're excited to see rick perry here. again, you know, he is -- you can't deny that there are a number of candidates that have been out on the front lines with the tea party movement standing strong with us, you know, on conservative principles and values for quite some time. rick perry is one of those. michele bachmann, herman cain, ron paul. we're happy that he's in this. but we're not ready to decide on anyone. what we're looking for is for
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the field to narrow down so we can be laser focused on those issues and really get into the details of the issues and what their plans are. and that's what i think people are most looking forward to. >> speaking of a rick perry, when he says that social security is tantamount to, you know, a ponzi scheme and hearing this debate is going to be unfolding in florida where a pretty sizable representation of that constituency likes social security, needs social security, is the tea party in any way using that as reason to kind of back away from throwing its arms around rick perry? >> fredricka, honestly, you know, the medicare, social security, those are issues that we need to deal with. quite frankly, medicare, for example, the medicare board of trustees came out with a report in may that said if medicare is not reformed by 2024, it will be out of money. it will be bankrupt. i think it's irresponsible for the leaders in washington who need to make these tough decisions not to do anything
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about it and to continue to kick the can down the road. i'm not -- you know, i think that's what people want is who is going to handle this? who has the -- you know, the backbone to stand up and make these tough, bold decisions that need to be made? it's unfair for us to do this to our seniors when we know that we have a problem years ahead. it's simply not acceptable. so who's a candidate that's going to handle that. >> amy kremer of the tea party express, thank you so much for your time from tampa, florida, of course. be sure to tune in tomorrow night on cnn. tea party express and other tea party groups co-hosting the republican candidates' debate in tampa, florida. site of the 2012 gop national convention. the debate first monday night, 8:00 eastern time. right here on cnn. to develop its suspension system? or what if we told you that ferrari borrowed technology from cadillac to develop its suspension system?
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it trigger add devastating tsunami that led to meltdowns and radiation leaks at the fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant. across japan today, people paused to remember that disaster. not every public gathering, however, was this solemn. thousands marched on the power company's headquarters and government buildings, furious at what they consider poor handling of the crisis. overnight police in sweden arrested four people believed to be plotting terror attacks. this is the coastal city of ghotenberg, sweden's second largest city after stockholm. swedish authorities say suspects were in the preparation stages of the attack. no other details have been given. police say they have probable cause to put the suspects in jail. in afghanistan a suicide attacker set off a truck bomb at the entry gate to a coalition base. it happened west of kabul. at least two afghan civilians are dead. nearly 80 nato personnel are hurt. the taliban claimed responsibility. thousands of american troops
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are still in afghanistan on this tenth anniversary of 9/11. the man who commands international forces there sat down for an exclusive interview with cnn's suzanne malveaux. >> ten years from the september 11th attacks, why are we still here? >> we're here because afghanistan must be left as a sovereign nation, a member of the international community, governed by a democratic country -- government that ultimately dispenses human rights, dispenses the rule of law and is not a platform for foreign terrorism. not a platform, ultimately, to launch attacks on the united states ever again, on the west and upon the thousands and thousands of innocent people who have suffered as a direct result of al qaeda and taliban's ideology. >> coalition forces began their assault in afghanistan october 2001. we at cnn are working to independently confirm reports that moammar gadhafi's third son has fled libya. we're talking about saadi
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gadhafi seen here with our senior international correspondent, nic robertson, back in april. niger's justice minister says saadi gadhafi crossed in from libya in a convoy and that niger accepted him on, quote, a humanitarian a "humanitarian basis." last week he sold gadhafi he hasn't seen his father in months. moammar gadhafi's whereabouts are still unknown. when we think of all of the people who died september 11th we have to remember the hundreds of children who lost their mom or dad. >> when your friends complain "oh my dad's so annoying" or "he won't let me go out" you get mad because you would do anything to have that. >> still ahead the tragedy's youngest victims reflecting on the last ten years. can i have some ice cream, please ?
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for the children of 9/11, today isn't just the anniversary of an american catastrophe, it
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means it has been ten years since they lost a mom or a dad. looking at the world trade center site where so many lives are lost you can't help but think about these young faces of tragedy. >> on 9/11 i lost my father, john robinson lenore. >> benjamin keith clark. >> edward luckshine. >> sergeant john coughlan. >> i was in my fifth grade clark. our teacher said everyone look outside the window. >> my teacher said it was a little accident then i realized it was bigger than that. >> my first thought was is my father okay. >> we were in her bedroom watching this tv show. >> i remember asking her, oh, mom, what movie are you watching. >> she said they were all gone. >> it didn't click what we were watching wasn't a movie. >> i remember thinking it was a dream. >> nobody else has lost a parent
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nationally on the news, nobody else has seen it over and over. >> my mother sat us down and and had everybody cop's worst nightmare that daddy wasn't coming home. i was the one to step up at that exact minute. >> i was angry, i punched the wall. >> i emotionally blocked it all out, two years of my life. >> i don't remember anything about it. sometimes i think it was a better thing that i didn't know him and that he was like taken away from me or it was the worst thing that i didn't get to spend like the whole time i would have known him. >> when your friends complain
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like my dad's so annoying or he won't let me go out or do this, you get mad because you would do anything to have that and they complain and they don't really appreciate what they have. >> if we're talking about 9/11 in class -- >> and everybody would like turn around and stare at me. >> because they almost know that i was affected by it directly. >> sometimes it makes me feel a tiny bit agitated because it's not like i would want to be known as oh, his dad died, his dad was killed. i don't want to be known as that. i just want them to know me as me, like for who i am. >> anywhere you went we're right away labeled as the 9/11 kids. >> you get people trying to help saying i know how you feel. everything's going to be okay. >> brittany, i'm sorry this happened to you. brittany, is there anything we can do. it makes me feel kind of cornered, when everyone is around me. it's like oh, yeah, brittany, you lost your father. are you okay? >> i really think people expect
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us to fail sometimes. >> every night i need to talk to my mom, and my brother right before i go to sleep because i'm always afraid something's going to happen to them, too. >> i'm afraid if i lost one parent i'm afraid of losing the other. >> life is short. >> it could be taken away. in an instant, just like it did on that tuesday morning. >> i cry more. i grieve more, because now i recognize what i've lost. >> my mother will stand in the middle of the kitchen and be like can you please stop acting just like your father. >> my mom always tells my sister and i that we have his smile or his sense of humor. >> took me a very long time to like not move on from the situation but to accept the situation. but in the end, we came out pretty well. >> i'm fredricka whitfield. don lemon is up next from tampa.
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